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Some Basic Questions About the Hungry Ghosts and the Hungry Ghost Month Answered (2): Are All Spirits of Our Dead Loved Ones that We See Are Hungry Ghosts?

Published Agosto 25, 2017 by jptan2012

In the preceding post, I briefly talked about how it is not a good thing when you continuously see your dead relative after 49 days because chances are they became a hungry ghost.

However, they’re some exceptions to the rule.

In the earlier post, I said that once a person passed away his consciousness (soul/spirit) would reincarnate with 7 or 21 or 35 o 49 days. If they didn’t reincarnate on the 7th day, they will reincarnate on the 21st day, if not then on the 35th day, then again if not they will definitely reincarnate on the 49th day. I also said that they would most likely reincarnate as another human being or animal or even in the hells or hungry ghost. This statement is base on the Buddhist sutras.

An average person will most likely reincarnate as another human being or as animal. But if they’re so bad they might reincarnate in the hells. However, I also seem to notice that there are a number who reincarnate as hungry ghosts also. These are basically the ones that we feel like they’re still in the house continuously taking care of us.

But I also said that they are exceptions to the rule. Our consciousness can also reincarnate as heavenly beings, or as an Asura, or as an Arhat, Pratyekabuddhas, or Bodhisattvas or Buddhas.

In this article, allow me to focus on heavenly beings because this is more plausible than being reincarnated as an Asura or Arhat, or Pratyekabuddha! Much more to reincarnate as a Bodhisattva or Buddha!

In Buddhism, a person with a very good heart can reincarnate as a heavenly being, meaning they are beings that are in the heavens. Depending on the stage of their consciousness, as a heavenly being they may or may not reincarnate back as human beings again. But as heavenly beings, they exist in a cosmic world or another world that we cannot see, but they may see us.

It is possible that some human beings who passed away may reincarnate as a heavenly being. If they do, they can continue to watch over us, but don’t go thinking that most of our dead loved ones will turn out to be an heavenly being because it is quite a difficult ‘path’ to being a heavenly being.

A loved one who became a heavenly being will definitely not be felt in the house. They will not be guarding your house all the time and you will not see or feel them. They will not be walking on your peripheral vision, or still staying in their room. If that is the case they are hungry ghosts.

However, these heavenly beings will definitely watch over us. More than that whenever we feel like problems are overwhelming they will definitely make themselves felt so that they can continue to reassure us or help us feel better. They may also manifest in dreams and lead us to the right path. I would like to make it clear though that they will never appear in our dreams as a sad spirit or even crying one, they will always appear either happy or neutral and they will send signals of what one should do.

Occasionally we may physically see them but almost always as silhouette, but during those times, there will be no fear, and we will most likely have an overwhelming feeling of peace or reassurance especially at times when we have problems.

There are times also that they may appear as a butterfly or as a bird or we may smell them or smell a flower. But in these circumstances we will always get the feeling of peace or reassurance.

To put it simply, if you see the image of your dead relative often like once a year (believe me this is considered often enough) then chances are your relative became a hungry ghost. Thus dedicating to them the merits when you recite a sutra will help them have a better ‘life’.

What are the sure indications that they may have become heavenly beings:

  1. You dream about them only when you are extremely sad or in a very bad situation.
  2. During these dreams they give you a feeling of peace and reassurance that things will become better.
  3. If you see them, you see them in silhouette form and there is no sense of fear only peace, maybe happiness, and reassurance. You
  4. They may manifest as a butterfly, as a bird and again they will appear at that time you’re thinking about them, and you will know that it’s them. Again they only bring a feeling of peace and reassurance.
  5. They only manifest at a time when you need some reassurance or help. They won’t manifest just because you want to.

I dedicate this post to the mother of BM who surely has the manifestation of a heavenly being. Not to mention that it was confirmed by Guru Lama!

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

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Some Basic Questions About the Hungry Ghost and the Hungry Ghost Month Answered (1): If You See Your Relatives Who Passed Away Are They Considered As Hungry Ghost?

Published Agosto 24, 2017 by jptan2012

When people tell me that they saw their loved ones who passed away seemingly wanting to send a message, or if they tell me that their ‘father is still in the house guarding us’, I usually keep quiet, especially when they’re really happy about it thinking that it’s a good thing. Because continue seeing you dead relative most of the time indicates that they’re in a bad place.

According to Buddhist Sutras (scriptures) when a person passes away, he or she will reincarnate with in 7 or 21 or 35 or 49 days. But let me clarify that reincarnate doesn’t mean that he or she will definitely have become a human again, it could mean that he or she would have reincarnated as a human being or as an animal or as a consciousness in the hell, or as a hungry ghost. If he or she reincarnated as an hungry ghost he or she would have retained the consciousness or ‘soul’ as Christians would call it of that of his last life.

You may continuously feel a dead relative or love one’s consciousness from the time of his or her death up to 7 or 21 or 35 or 49 days, but after 49 days he or she would have definitely reincarnated.

So if you continue to see your dead relative chances are he or she became an hungry ghost, and he or she can stay as an hungry ghost for a long period of time, especially since the timeline of their existence is different from ours.

Now, is there any ‘exception’ to the rule?

That will be the subject of my next post.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

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Is There A Feng Shui Relevance to All Souls Day?

Published Oktubre 31, 2016 by jptan2012

Ire, Loves Well, obviously the Chinese ‘All Souls Day’ or day of remembering the dead doesn’t happen in November 1, or to be more accurate about it on November 2. All Saints Day / All Souls Day is a big deal for a lot of Filipinos and perhaps Catholics in the world. But is there is Feng Shui significance or relevance to this special day?

For Chinese, especially those who are in the older generation, it is very important that we remember our ancestors or loved ones who passed away, this is taken as a sign of respect but at the same time, it is believed that we should not earn their ire by forgetting about them, or we should earn their approval so that they can help shower blessing upon the living. This is why remembering our loved ones or dead ancestors are important part of the life of a Chinese. In fact, a lot of us have images of our ancestors in our home, where we light incense and offer food on special occasions. The older generation will offer incense everyday. This may be a little too excessive.

In Buddhism, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra, when a person dies his or her consciousness will undergo rebirth within 7 days or 21 days or 35 days or 49 days. I will clarify that it will go through rebirth on the first day, it will have to wait for 7 days, then if you didn’t go through rebirth on the 7th day then on the 21st day if not then it will be 35th day, until 49th day. If you don’t go through rebirth in the first 5 stipulated days, then you will sure go rebirth on the 49th day.

But rebirth doesn’t necessarily mean rebirth here on earth as human.

There are different levels of possible rebirth and starting from the bottom they are the following:

  1. Hell
  2. Hungry Ghost
  3. Animal Kingdom
  4. Human
  5. Asura
  6. Heavenly Beings
  7. Arhat
  8. Pratyekabuddha
  9. Bodhisattva
  10. Buddhahood

The first six are considered as the lower realms wherein the being still has an attachment and the last four are considered as the upper realm wherein the being or our consciousness no longer has any attachment. Once one is born in the upper realm, his or her consciousness no longer goes back to any of the lower realm.

It should be noted that for Catholics or Christianity, heaven is the ultimate goal, for Buddhism is a better place than the first five but it is still a place where in desire and attachment exist and one can still go down to the other realms. It is also not the most desired realm. I will talk about the 10 realms further in a future post.

I will also discuss the difference between Hungry Ghost and the Hell in another post.

But for now what I want to show is that for Buddhism, one can be born in different realms, until we reach Buddhahood.

So when a person dies, his consciousness or soul as Christians would call it will be born again in one of these realms. As humans 98% we will be born in either the realm of Hell or Hungry Ghost or Animal Kingdom or Human (again). If we have been good we might be born in the realm of an Asura or a Heavenly Beings.

This is where remembering and offering ‘good merits’ to our departed love ones or ancestors will become important. For example, your loved one or ancestor was born in the realm of the Hell or Animal Kingdom or Hungry Ghost, by offering good merits to them such as praying for them or chanting mantras or reciting sutras for them will shortened their suffering in the lower realms of Hell or Hungry Ghost or Animal Kingdom. On the other hand, if they were born in the realm of Human, by offering good merits to them their life will be better. If their current life is bad it will become better, if it is already good it will become even better. And if they were born as an Asura or Heavenly Beings then their life will even become better or they maybe pushed up to being born as Arhat or a Pratyekabuddha.

But this is the thing. Days like ‘All Souls Day’ are important because it forced us to remember them on these days. However, it certainly doesn’t mean that we should only remember them on this day. In fact, it is very important that we offer prayers or mantras or sutras or incense to them everyday. And by remembering them and offering merits to them everyday, we in turn make our life better. Because we are interconnected with each other. They may have a totally different life now but because of affinity with each other we are somewhat linked to each other. And if we send them merits, in a way we also get our own merits.

 

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The Case of The Eerie Resemblance of Enzo Ferrari and Mesut Ozil: Is This A Case of Reincarnation?

Published Hunyo 9, 2016 by jptan2012

Buddhists and Taoist believes in reincarnation, a belief wherein the spirit or soul of a dead person gets to be reborn again. For these two religions, it is not a matter of proving it but rather understanding the obvious signs that we give regarding our past lives.

It is believe that sometimes we may retain our physical looks. This is also the reason why a lot of New Age people believes that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of Ferrari, reincarnated as Mesut Ozil.

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Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari was born February 18, 1898 and passed away August 14, 1988 at the age of 90 years old. If you want to know more about his life, I suggest you Google him, there are a lot of written materials about him.

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Mesut Ozil

On the other hand, Mesut Ozil who was born October 15, 1988 is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. If you look at their pictures there is an eerie resemblance between them. If you don’t know them one would even say they might be twins.

This eerie resemblance led people to think that Mesut Ozil is the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari, especially because Mesut Ozil was born approximately two months after Enzo Ferrari passed away.

Now the question is Mesut Ozil the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari?

If we are to be base it on Buddhist beliefs or teachings, the answer is NO. Why?

In Buddhism, the Sutra says that once we passed away, our soul will be reborn again either on the 7th day or 21st day or 35th day or 49th day after. It can be reborn as human again, or animals, or we could be reborn as hungry ghosts or if we are really good, then we can be reborn as heavenly beings.

Also, it is written in the Sutras that our consciousness or soul enters our body upon conception! Meaning our soul enter our ‘body’ as early as when the sperm meets the egg!

So taken these into consideration, base on Buddhist beliefs, it is impossible for Mesut Ozil to be the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari because Mesut Ozil would have been already 7 months pregnant when Enzo Ferrari passed away.

However, admittedly, I don’t have any explanation as to why there is an eerie resemblance between the two of them.

 

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Myth Buster 40: A Baby with More Than One Hair Crown is Going To Be A Mischievous and Disobedient Child.

Published Disyembre 17, 2015 by jptan2012

hair crownThere is a popular belief amongst Chinese, which was inherited by a lot of Filipinos, that a baby born with more than one hair crown is going to be a mischievous and disobedient child.

Is there truth to this?

Of course the direct answer is no. But how did this belief come about?

I can only surmise that the belief started a long time ago because of two possible reasons. One is that this is not so common that older people at that time who believes in a lot of superstition wants to make sure that the parents properly observes the child. However, because they are unable to give a valid reason for their concern they just decided to scare of the parents by saying that the child is going to be mischievous and disobedient, ergo, they are going to be a problem child.

Nevertheless, some Taoist priest believes that when a child has more than one hair crown that means that two or more souls depending on the number of the hair crown has entered into the person’s body when he was conceived. Meaning the child is a reincarnation of more than just one soul, but it doesn’t mean than he has more than one soul, it only means that for some reason two or more souls has merged into one consciousness and inhabited one body to become the person that he is now. This also means that his character might be harder to predict, and it might be harder to manage the person, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is mischievous and disobedient.

Again, I would like to clarify that this doesn’t mean that the child is possessed by different souls. It only means that their more than one soul merged together and reincarnated as one.

Lastly, I don’t know whether this is a plausible reasoning as to why some people has more than one hair crown and the Taoist priests are divided on this matter.

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Myth Buster 27: Knock On Wood

Published Hunyo 23, 2015 by jptan2012
Hand knocking on wood

Hand knocking on wood

In the western world and even here in the Philippines, you might be literally living under the rock if you’re not familiar with the phrase “Knock on wood!” One usually says this if one said something or thought of something that is not very pleasant. To avoid what was said from happening, one utters the phrase ‘knock on wood’ while literally knocking on wood.

But where did this belief come from?

In the olden times, unlike now where most cities are highly urbanized, people lived amongst the trees, and they believe that inside the trees dwell some spirits. So if they think something bad may happen, they knock on trees to ask for the help of spirit or spirits dwelling inside the tree. Remember houses were not big then and people usually discuss things outside amongst the trees.

As a lot of places got highly urbanized and trees are cut down, this became ‘knock on wood’ because (1) trees are no longer that accessible and (2) wood comes from trees.

But is there truth to imploring the help from the spirit of trees? And also does it work with ordinary woods that have turned into furniture?

To the first question, my answer is yes. However, the biggest mistake here is how to discern whether the spirit residing in the said tree is a good or bad spirit. And if it’s a good spirit how to discern whether it is strong enough to help. So better not to ask help from tree spirits unless you really know that they are good spirits.

When it comes to the second question. The answer is most wood whether they are turned into furniture or not doesn’t carry a spirit anymore, but having said that some antique wooden furniture may still be inhabited by a spirit or soul. Usually in this kind of situation, they are bad spirits. So better not to ‘knock on wood’!

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A Dog or A Cat Provides Positive Feng Shui

Published Hunyo 28, 2012 by jptan2012

A lot of Filipinos believes that having a pet like a dog or cat is lucky because they tend to ‘block’ any negative things that may happen to you. I really don’t know whether this is true or not, but if you’re getting a pet simply to have ‘punching bag’ for all negative energies, I think you are consciously creating more karma for yourself.

Having said that, I do believe that having a dog or cat, especially if you really love them and treat them properly do create a lot of positive Feng Shui. One must always remember that a dog and a cat is a living thing, meaning they have life and that in a Buddhist perspective they have a consciousness, it can be equated to a soul in Christianity. More than that, for Buddhism, we must treat all living things with compassion and kindness, even rats, cockroach, ants, tigers, snakes, etc. If you are able to practice kindness to an animal, it really doesn’t go to waste because you create more positive karma for you and at the same time, it’s almost always impossible to be kind to animals and be bad to other people. Unless, of course, the kindness that you show an animal like our pets (dogs and cats) are more for a ‘public act’, since, especially here in the Philippines it now has become a fad to carry our pets around.

Aside from creating positive karma, like children, animals are sensitive to the chi of their surroundings, so we would always be ‘warned’ if the chi of a place were negative. They also provide a vibrant yang chi, like most children, dogs and cats, at any age may provide constant fresh yang energy in the place where they live in.

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